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Dempsey Card 2

April 30, 2014

Times have changed for Rick Dempsey. The former Orioles catcher has gone from performing the rain delay antics seen in the video below as a player to taking rain delay clubhouse naps as an analyst, as Bud Norris revealed via Twitter earlier this month.





Here's Dempsey in action way back when:

Pirates Fedora

April 29, 2014

After losing two of three to the Kansas City Royals, the Orioles are preparing to square off in a two-game, interleague set with the Pittsburgh Pirates. It's BUCKle Up versus Buccos in Baltimore (weather permitting, of course).

The common thread that runs through these five games is fedoras. Yes, fedoras.

Jay Heard, Baltimore's first black player

April 25, 2014

Thursday marked a significant milestone in this 60th anniversary season of the Orioles' arrival in Baltimore. Jehosie "Jay" Heard became the team's first black player when he took the mound in a relief role on April 24, 1954.

Joe Coleman Card

April 23, 2014

The Orioles suffered a forgettable 9-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. It seems like a good time then to reflect on a more memorable Baltimore baseball moment. Fittingly, this memory aligns with the 60th anniversary of the O's getting their start in Baltimore in 1954.

Nelson Cruz (Sarasota)

April 19, 2014

A Red Sox fan saw his young son walking home from the bus stop after school and noticed that he looked upset. He greeted the boy at the door to find out what was the matter.

"Did something bad happen at school today?" the man asked.

"Yes," his son replied.

"Well, what is it?" the father asked.

"This," the boy said as tears rolled down his cheecks and fell on his David Ortiz jersey. He held up a paper marked with a big red F at the top. "I failed a test. My life is over."

Tommy Hunter Card

April 17, 2014

The closer's role carries a mystique. Granted, part of that is due to theatrics, the type of aura cultivated by ancillary factors like entrance music and mound mannerisms. Turn off the music and tone down the movements, however, and there's still a belief among baseball men that not just anyone can close.

Go ahead and Google these two words: closer demoted.

Here's a sampling of what you'll find, starting with former Orioles closer Jim Johnson:

Matt Wieters (Sarasota 2014)

April 15, 2014

For review: .340/.393/.575.

That's Matt Wieters' career slash line against the Tampa Bay Rays. In other words, he's a Rays killer.

Manny Machado Batting (Spring Training)

April 14, 2014







This guy and his Orioles ring-shaped hat celebrating the 1983 World Series. (Source: